Question: What do a yellow-coated salt shopper, a famed Disney nanny and a waddling criminal of Gotham City all have in common? Answer: A versatile accessory to be celebrated on February 10, Umbrella Day.
It would behoove meteorologists to predict rain for that day. Yes, a nice, steady rain offering the perfect excuse to sport our snazziest umbrellas. Shielding its wearer against rain, wind and the sun’s ultraviolet rays, we can acknowledge the protective canopy by taking it to the streets in all its glory.
From city-chic black to brilliant rainbow colors, umbrellas will thwart threats of bad hair days. From tiny and collapsible to lengthy folding varieties whose pointed finials clear paths through crowded subways, umbrellas have evolved into whimsically attractive, yet practical, additions for every style preference.
If, on February 4, a tropical locale is your destination, don’t be left out. Display those brilliantly hued sun shields over beach blankets and patio dining tables. A fruity libation, trimmed with a cocktail umbrella, is an ideal toast to the occasion.
If you don’t own an umbrella, this is the perfect day to get one. Then you too can dance in the streets under falling raindrops, twirling your umbrella and chanting the chorus of “Singin’ In the Rain” a la Gene Kelly.